Restoring Access

Since 2007,the Board and Trust have removed thirty obstacles to fish migration

One of our biggest successes  has been to increase the size of the catchment available to salmon. Where we have  man-made  obstacles to fish migration, such as an old weir, we have removed it.  In the last 10 years, we have removed over thirty obstructions to fish migration. One of the largest was the Culter Dam, which opened up about 75km of the catchment to salmon. Once we remove the other obstacles on the Culter catchment we will have opened up about 125km of  river. These areas which will be colonised by salmon. It will take a few years to populate the area, but we have made a good start. In the first year following installation, 43 salmon used the fish pass.  In the  summer  of 2015, we recorded the first salmon fry  in the Culter catchment in over 200 years. So the process is well underway. 

2016 Count to 2 November

  1. a total count of 6 Salmon have ascended the pass since the counter was installed on the 28th of August
  2. a total count of 18 Sea trout have ascended the pass since the counter was installed on the 28th of August



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Pink salmon update

September 07, 2017

​With the news and social media rife with the invasion of Pacific pink salmon, we want to give people an update on the situation on the Dee and what we are doing about it. The situation has developed rapidly in the last month.

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Smolt Tracking Report Shows Interesting Results

October 11, 2016

The smolt tagging and tracking project is a three year programme of work. Fifty smolts, captured in the lower catchment, were fitted with internal acoustic tags and tracked in spring 2016. These smolts were tracked as they migrated through the lower 22 miles of the Dee and inner harbour.

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Tackling Non Native Invasives

July 05, 2016

Tackling invasive non-native plants along the banks of the River Dee – such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam and North American skunk cabbage - has become a priority for the River Office because of their potential impact on our river and its existing, native species.

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